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Whales Eat More Cod Than Earlier Believed

The first results from a study undertaken by the Icelandic Marine Research Institute on the food of minke whales, indicate that the whales eat much more demersal fish, including cod, than earlier believed.

Sampling for the project, which began in 2003, finished last month, and preliminary results show that cod is seven percent of what minke whales eat, ruv.is reports.

Whale scientist Gísli Víkingsson, who is responsible for the Marine Research Institute’s study, said it is too early to determine how many tons of cod minke whales eat annually, because the animals feed on different animals depending on where they live.

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